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The Musical Art Quartet and the Bliss Stradivarius Viola
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Mildred Barnes Bliss was an enthusiastic patron of the Musical Art Quartet. She supported the string quartet from soon after its inception in 1926 until it disbanded in 1944. The quartet performed in the Music Room each year between 1941 and 1944, and it was largely due to the success of these performances that Dumbarton Oaks decided to inaugurate a Friends of Music concert series in 1946.
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Music at Dumbarton Oaks: The Performers
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Many famous or soon-to-be famous musicians performed at Dumbarton Oaks over the years, and several have reminisced fondly about their concertizing there, in both the residential and institutional periods.
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The Friends of Music
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Ms. Joan Southcote-Aston
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Were you to read through all of the transcribed interviews in the Dumbarton Oaks Oral History Project, there is one person in particular who could not fail to fascinate you, yet who is maybe, at last, too ephemeral to apprehend. D.O. Senior Fellow Herbert Kessler thinks that this woman—who underwent what can only be described […]
The Music of Dumbarton Oaks
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The Friends of Music program has long made Dumbarton Oaks a staple of the Washington music scene. Started in the 1930s when the Blisses informally invited guests to enjoy performances in their wonderful music room and formalized in 1946 with the creation of the Friends of Music program, Dumbarton Oaks was known for sponsoring some […]